Are your label printers doing everything you need them to do?
Are they working to their full potential?
Sometimes the best thing you can do is have “a fresh pair of eyes” examine something closely to see if it working properly.
Do you update your processes when you get new equipment?
Whenever I have a chance to walk through my customers’ facilities, it’s interesting to see production processes in action. While manufacturers take great pride in acquiring new state-of-the-art equipment, it’s also important to support these investments with complementary workflow improvements.
Too often, when companies purchase new equipment or upgrade production flow, they forget to update their processes as well.
When I am on the road I always try to get a plant tour. It is amazing how many things you see and hear when you talk to people on the manufacturing floor. I learn a great deal about my customers needs, and I am able to share lessons learned and my experiences helping other companies solve similar problems.
Bursting Labels (Are you still manually doing this?)
I visited a customer recently, who purchases a large amount of card stock and I wanted to see how they were using the product. I realized that an employee was manually fan folding and separating (“bursted” is the term we use for this task).
She told me that it took her about 4 hours a day, 20 hours per week for this task alone.
She spent ONE HALF of her salary on manually creating these labels!
In this case, the company did NOT have their label printers working to their full potential.
When I asked her how she’d feel about having the label printer automatically cut each label (card stock) individually, she looked at me and said, “That would be awesome! I could spend those four hours doing something more productive and getting to the rest of my job!”
I talked to upper management and explained my idea. They loved it! I brought in a printer to demonstrate the technology. The printer and cutter were installed on the shop floor after some minor adjustments were made. After that, they were off to the races.
Now, instead of sitting there separating all of these labels, all the operator has to do is refill the printer with the card stock labels and occasionally replace a printer ribbons. The solution thrilled the operators. The improvement ins productivity impressed the management. They ended up purchasing two printers, one for production and one for backup. I felt good about helping streamline my customer’s production…and of course about selling two printers! Nothing like a win-win…
To find more time and money saving solutions, please give us a call to find out how PaladinID can help solve your unique labeling challenges.
About PaladinID, LLC
PaladinID develops and supports high-performance bar code labeling applications. We work with our clients to “Make Your Mark” by providing the expertise and tools necessary to create an entire product label printing solution. Located in central New Hampshire, PaladinID has been serving Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New England, and beyond for over 30 years, and in 2017, became an RFID-certified company.